The word “career” can be considered as—
“The progress and actions taken by a person throughout a lifetime, especially those related to that person's occupation”
“An occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life and with opportunities for progress”
It is your life’s journey and a means of adding value to the society and is radically different from a job which is described as -–
“A paid position of regular employment”
“A casual or occasional work”
Choosing a career is a complex decision for many students and indeed many graduates, since it determines the kind of profession that they intend to pursue in life. As students try to make career choices while in secondary school, they usually face the problem of matching their career choices with their abilities and school performance.
There are many reasons why Nigerian students chose the courses they do in the Universities:
· 1. Ignorance
· 2. Inexperience
· 3. Peer pressure
· 4. Parents and teachers
· 5. IQ Level
· 6. Poor Advancement opportunities
· 7. Poor Learning experiences
· 8. Inability to gain admission for the intended course
· 9. Prestige attached to certain jobs
· 10. Career flexibility
· 11. Lack of adequate vocational guidance and career counseling
Consequently, many of them are unsuited for the careers they chase after as they usually find themselves in jobs where they could not satisfy their value needs. When this occurs, they constitute a nuisance to themselves and their employers. They are usually unable to contribute meaningfully to the society and ultimately become a liability to the nation.
We should therefore consider the following when making a career choice:
· What impact would you like to make?
· What career suits your personality type?
· What are your natural talents?
· What is your life motivation?
· Where would you like to work?
· Do you enjoy social interaction?
· What’s your work style?
· Develop transferable skills
· Do the research
The money factor:
You should be looking to give back to the society.
The right kind of money is usually an end-product. It will follow where you lead.
*Remember that the course you have studied in the University is not a limitation. You can always do what you’ve really wanted to do; what you’ve been called to do; Like +TY Bello who is an economist by profession, but a photographer and singer by passion.
*It’s easy. Discover it; acquire the requisite information, skill, training and qualification; and chase after it vigorously. Start by locating yourself strategically in the field.